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Free-spending Sabres now in a $3M bind

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08:24 AM ET 08.29 | What a difference an owner makes. They once watched stars such as Chris Drury and Danny Briere bolt for bigger bucks in unrestricted free agency. They saw GM Darcy Regier wheel Brian Campbell in the last year of the puck-rushing defenseman's contract. Now, Buffalo fans are reeling for the opposite reason. Their penny-pinching club is burning through cash. ... The free-spending Sabres will need to clear more than $3 million in salary (according to capgeek.com) to become cap-compliant before the start of the season. Buffalo traded for Robyn Regehr, signed Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino, and re-signed Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick. If Regier can't trade some of his existing salaries, he might have to dump some players in the AHL.

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August 29, 2011  08:36 AM ET

"If Regier can't trade some of his existing salaries, he might have to dump some players in the AHL."

He can always trade some to the Leafs. Same level of play.

August 29, 2011  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"If Regier can't trade some of his existing salaries, he might have to dump some players in the AHL."

He can always trade some to the Leafs. Same level of play.

Speaking on behalf of the AHL - "Sir, we take offense."

August 29, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Speaking on behalf of the AHL - "Sir, we take offense."

As would the ECHL or the Div. 1 college teams.

August 29, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

As would the ECHL or the Div. 1 college teams.

considering the amount fo undrafted Div 1 players that found themselves on the leafs after receiving little to no interest elsewhere...

August 29, 2011  10:21 AM ET

You might say the salary cap has buffaloed them. You might say it, but probably get derided for it.

August 29, 2011  10:24 AM ET

This years Tampa could be these Sabres

August 29, 2011  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"If Regier can't trade some of his existing salaries, he might have to dump some players in the AHL."He can always trade some to the Leafs. Same level of play.

See FIXED comment previous thread.

August 29, 2011  11:02 AM ET

He can always trade some to the Leafs. Same level of play.
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Speaking on behalf of the AHL - "Sir, we take offense."
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As would the ECHL or the Div. 1 college teams.
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considering the amount fo undrafted Div 1 players that found themselves on the leafs after receiving little to no interest elsewhere..
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Oh look Ozzie...isn't it nice to see all the children getting along?
Yes, indeed it is Harriot...in deed it is...and just so cute at that age they are too.
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August 29, 2011  11:03 AM ET

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you know you can dump salary to the AHL or use the whole "loan to swedish elite league" salary cap circumvention plan, this is all good. If the players know that $3M worth of people aren't making the team from the get go, there should be some healthy competition in camp for those roster spots.

If you aren't in danger of salary cap violation, why not overbook pre-camp? You'll end up getting more bang for the buck as players try to win those spots to avoid exile elsewhere.

August 29, 2011  11:14 AM ET

Ko. Ta. Lik.

...buh-bye.

August 29, 2011  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you know you can dump salary to the AHL or use the whole "loan to swedish elite league" salary cap circumvention plan, this is all good. If the players know that $3M worth of people aren't making the team from the get go, there should be some healthy competition in camp for those roster spots. If you aren't in danger of salary cap violation, why not overbook pre-camp? You'll end up getting more bang for the buck as players try to win those spots to avoid exile elsewhere.

Yep...It went well for the Devils last year when they tried it...just ask Nard Dog. He'll tell ya.

August 29, 2011  11:35 AM ET

Just don't give anyone to Hershey like the Avs did last year. Trust me, they are good enough without anyone dumping NHL players on them.

August 29, 2011  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He can always trade some to the Leafs. Same level of play.
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Speaking on behalf of the AHL - "Sir, we take offense."
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As would the ECHL or the Div. 1 college teams.
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considering the amount fo undrafted Div 1 players that found themselves on the leafs after receiving little to no interest elsewhere..
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Oh look Ozzie...isn't it nice to see all the children getting along?Yes, indeed it is Harriot...in deed it is...and just so cute at that age they are too...

Oh look General....the entire platoon is marching out of step except for that one very sad looking soldier with the blue and white tattoos. :-)

August 29, 2011  12:02 PM ET

I'm sure the Sens would be willing to take Derek Roy off their hands, they need a second line centre.

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August 29, 2011  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The Sabres are my darkhorse for the Eastern Conference.

I agree. They may very well surprise a lot of folks.

August 29, 2011  12:44 PM ET

There's some Sabre rattling going on up there in Buffalo. Damn...couldn't help myself.

August 29, 2011  12:57 PM ET

Buffalo could be a threat to the East, but their center position is very weak. I love the additions on defense, it'll help Miller and their PP. I'm just not sure if they are much better than last year. They were 7th in the East last season and they're in a tough division.

August 29, 2011  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Buffalo could be a threat to the East, but their center position is very weak. I love the additions on defense, it'll help Miller and their PP. I'm just not sure if they are much better than last year. They were 7th in the East last season and they're in a tough division.

They haven't a first or second-line center worth spit...and that will hurt them terribly. I also have my perennial doubts about Ruff's system - He seems to take perfectly serviceable players and turn them into softies.

How can one play a puck-posession system without stressing positional soundness? Beats the heck outta me. But, that's Lindy for ya.

The Sabres have consistently been the most undisciplined and inconsistent team in the league - They always look great on paper, but haven't the legs nor the mental-toughness to deliver in the clutch. They fold. And they're often poorly-conditioned.

They are the Canucks of the East. Talent out the wazoo, but not a shred of "heart".

 
August 29, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The Sabres are my darkhorse for the Eastern Conference.

Been saying that for weeks now. They should be able to build on last year and with the players they've added, they could be a lot better. Certainly, won't be worse.

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